Spanning the Grand

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Loutit District Library
Program Room A

Event Details

“Spanning the Grand:” Water, water everywhere, and so much of it has to be crossed. The westward migration of the American people swept south of Michigan in the early 1800s. Rumors that the territory was nothing but mosquito-infested swampland kept the migration of pioneers south of our state until opening of the Erie Canal in1825 made Michigan comparatively easy to reach. Land was cheap, much of it rich and fertile, and it was covered with the timber needed to meet the growing demands of an expanding country. But the rumors were at least partly true. Lining the Grand River were numerous inlets, bayous, and small lakes that impeded movement on land. Necessity prompted the use of rafts, ferry boats, floating bridges, and permanent spans to get over the small waterways and the big one—the Grand River itself.
Event Type(s): Adult Program
Age Group(s): All Ages
Presenter: Wally Ewing
Wally Ewing